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Tropical Immersion

July 26, 2017

Our first excursion of the day took us to the Mountain Pine Ridge, where we discovered tapir tracks and went in search of a cave. As it turned out, a hurricane that came through last summer downed several trees in the forest, obscuring the trail. We did have some amazing sightings, including a Walking Stick Insect, Acacia Ants, and a nest of baby birds. We also made an audio recording of the Cicadas singing in unison.

After a very welcome picnic lunch, we explored the Rio Frio Cave, where the “cold river” flows out of a giant cave opening into the forest. After gathering our bravery and strength, we ventured inside the cave, which opened up on the other side to reveal the spot where the river entered. Through human chains, strong muscles, and wet feet, we crossed the river and climbed the rocks to exit the back of the cave and explore the rest of the nature trail.

The last big adventure of the day had new friends laughing and shrieking as we dipped into the refreshing waters of Rio O


Betty Jo and caterpillar


Beth and caterpillar


Michelle and caterpillar


Taylar and caterpillar


Noelle and caterpillar


Taylar showing off the Walking Stick on her elbow


The group hanging out in the forest


The baby birds we found  – we think they are a Yellow Bellied Euphonia


Golden Silk SPider


Looking at a Monkey Pot


Brittany and caterpillar


Rio Frio Cave entrance

n Pools, where the river cascades over large rocks, creating thundering waterfalls, slick natural slides, and deep, still pools. We swam, posed for photos, and challenged ourselves and each other to seek out adventure among the flowing waters.

Throughout our travels today, Noelle and Melanie, the Belizian teachers who are part of our group, have been teaching the NC teachers about the local food, culture, and languages of this beautiful country.

With our spirits refreshed, our knowledge expanded, and our friendships strengthened, we enjoyed a wonderful dinner together then immersed ourselves in the nighttime sounds of our temporary home before turning in for the night.

We hafto seh, today da mi wa gud day

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Don Belair permalink
    July 27, 2017 5:56 am

    Thank you for the pics! Amazing!

  2. Kelli Wise permalink
    July 27, 2017 6:32 am

    Looks like a wonderful experience.

  3. Laura Cochrane permalink
    July 27, 2017 9:31 am

    Hello All – looks like you are having a fabulous trip so far. I was part of the 2013 team and will never forget the fabulous adventure! Shout out to Taylar Flythe (my fellow Kenan on TEAM DIRT) – was so happy to see you as part of this team – I know you will love this adventure. As a fellow 6th grade teacher, you will find MANY ways to make curriculum connections especially with plant and ecosystem units. Have you experienced the tatoo fern yet (my kids love this one)? Hello to Liz, Jason and Nathan … best leaders and guides on the planet!! Love reading your posts everyone – I’m living vicariously! Have an amazing adventure and soak up every moment … you can sleep when you get home 🙂

  4. Meg Millard permalink
    July 27, 2017 10:26 am

    Wow! What an amazing caterpillar!!! Say hello to Junior Buddy if/when you go to the Velize Zoo!

  5. Jan Weems permalink
    July 27, 2017 11:56 am

    Sounds like a wonderful day! What a beautiful Nephila spider and juicy caterpillar. I am looking forward to hearing more of your adventures!

  6. July 27, 2017 8:30 pm

    Another middle school science teacher, now retired, who is living the adventure with you vicariously. Howl with the monkeys and get Nathan to find a tarantula to keep in your room and enjoy overnight! I am eager for today’s post……7/27!

  7. Lauren daniel permalink
    July 30, 2017 11:19 am

    Loving the posts. I saw a news article about a rescue from a river in San ignacio- badass Bruce’s hometown. Are y’all doing well?! Can’t wait for an update! I love the pics of that giant caterpillar!! Holy cow! Crazy how the hurricane aftermath is still visible. It was a big one, I remember. Enjoy these last few days! Enjoy southwater caye! Can’t wait for pics of that paradise.

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